Wilma and I headed up to Glacier National Park in July of 2008. Doesn't seem that long ago.
This was our first big post-kid trip, and we took the Amtrak from Chicago to Glacier (30-hour ride). This was my first trip since I started illustrated journaling, so this was my first travel journal entry. I packed along my journal, watercolor pencils, artist pens and waterbrush.
My whole travel journal for this trip is in July and August, 2008 in my blog at http://john-alookin.blogspot.com. I'll post more later on my process but I wanted to post here about my favorite entry of that trip.
We had a long hike up to Sperry Chalet for an overnight stay. The 6+ miles and 3432' altitude gain were tough, but worth it. The Chalet has no electricity or running water, except for a sink at the restroom, supplies arrive by pack mule, but it was enchanting! This place is staffed with cooks, wait staff and housekeeping and even a baker (fresh bread and cake!), and they made us feel welcome. But I digress. After the hike Wilma took a much deserved nap, so that left me in full quiet, sitting on this balcony in the wilderness with un-rushed sketch time, so I took it all in. I took pictures and did the color work at home, but all the layout and pen work was done sitting on that deck in the clear mountain air, with snow drifts to walk through to get to the head or the dining/kitchen cabin. This is heaven and it all comes back when I view this sketch.